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What’s On Tap?

December 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

What's on Tap

 

I am slowly joining the Zombie sick masses. This is a long range forecast for projects. Dorothy is almost done. I could have finished the piece tonight but I’m feeling sick. Husband said go to bed the same time as the baby. I can’t blame him because apparently, I look as sick as I feel. We’re heading to Toronto this weekend so I need to be in good shape for that trip.

I’ve been thinking a lot about what I want to do. I’m slowly realizing that I’ve come such a long way in my embroidery work. I started this year and it has been more successful than anything I’ve done before. I was a successful eBay artist for a while and it was financial success as opposed to what I’ve accomplished with my beading embroidery.

I am coming to a point where I need to get over my fear. My main fear is having a stack of unsold and unwanted artwork. I don’t want to be that crazy lady with hundreds of paintings that no one wants. It’s an irrational fear but it’s mine. My husband said it doesn’t matter- just keep producing the work because I love what I do. I’m starting to think that maybe he’s right.

I’ve decided to be more serious about my work. This means I will need to devote more of my time to it. This means something must be pushed off my current plate in order to make time. I’m also planning out a custom storage solution to keep my beads and stack of felt in order. I’m committed to finishing at least 10 pieces in a year. Wish me luck.

What I’m Finishing:  Dorothy

What I’ll Be Working on Soon: Hansel and Gretel, Snow White

What is Next on the List: Alice’s Tea Party, 12 Dancing Princesses, Sleeping Beauty… the list goes on.

Any creative revelations lately dear readers?

— Rosey

 

A Christmas Gift for Kelly

December 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Le Petit Prince

This is a gift I made for my friend Kelly. She is an amazing illustrator. Her favourite book is Le Petit Prince. This quote means: Only children know what they are looking for.

I’m glad it turned out the way I envisioned it.

I am now off to finish Dorothy, get some doll stuff started, maybe start an illustration, or make preparations to start Snow White’s round hoop and Hansel and Gretel’s frame.

— Rosey

Of Japanese Food, Nanowrimo, and Distractions

November 21st, 2011 § 2 comments § permalink

Tempura Shrimp!

 

The above image is what I am craving at the moment. I just adore Japanese food. My weak spots are  tuna sashimi, sashimi, softshell crab, and unagi on rice. If I can only enjoy one type of cuisine my entire life, it would be Japanese. The best Japanese food I’ve had in the last five years had to be in Ottawa and in Niagara Falls. Oddly enough, I’ve been to several in the GTA but nothing of the above calibre. If you are a gourmand of Japanese food, avoid buffets. It’s great to gorge and all but the quality in all-you-can-eats are lacking. I recently went to an AYCE called the Dragon Pearl in North York. The food was mediocre and the sashimi inedible. I’m getting older. My stomach is shrinking. It’s time to start a quality control process for what goes in it.

The end is near for Nanowrimo. I’ve hit 30K and there is 20K left to go. It’rs been really difficult trying to to get it done. This means I’m itching to sew like crazy in December.  I’ve always had creative ADHD. I just can’t stick to one thing and it’s very difficult for me to just focus on that one thing. I need to have other projects on the go. Focusing on one thing means I can get it done faster as opposed to having three things on the go. For some reason, I can’t though. Nanowrimo is testing my willpower and focus. I want to get this novel done and I know it’s turning out better than I hoped.

In the meantime, I’ve been distracted with Skyrim. Elder Scrolls v: Skyrim is an epic RPG. I’m totally hooked. It has an open gameplay which I adore. I spend hours dungeon crawling and exploring before I even pursue any quests. After a big hiccup when I loaded the game and it froze, it’s been fairly smooth sailing since. It will keep me plenty busy for a while.

I’m also distracted by my upcoming gallery exhibition. This is the first official one I’ve ever had. It is for my beading embroidery work. Having a gallery exhibit has always been a dream of mine and it’s coming true! It will be at the Aboveground Art Store in downtown Toronto located near OCAD and the AGO. OCAD is the Ontario College of Art and Design. I applied to this school and got in. I really wish I had gone there. This is one of my biggest regrets. AGO is the Art Gallery of Ontario. The date is set for Dec 12-Jan12th. I’m dropping off my artwork on Dec 7th. Things are starting to move. If everything goes well, this gallery showing will lead to more opportunities. I have an art store gift certificate on the way for Christmas and I know exactly what to get! I want to make paintings again.

Yes, I am incredibly busy but also incredibly happy.

— Rosey

 

 

Charm Packs!

November 18th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Charm Packs

I got these fabulous two charm packs and they will be used to make doll-sized quilts and outfits. I’m pretty excited! I’ll be able to start on this project in December when I’m supposed to be “taking time off.”

I also have excellent news! I got accepted to do the Staircase Showcase @ Aboveground Art Store. I’ll post more info in the coming weeks. It will be a showcase of my beading embroidery work!

— Rosey

Follow the Yellow Brick Road

October 26th, 2011 § 2 comments § permalink

Dorothy WIP #4

I’ve been dealing with epic migraines and various health issues recently. I haven’t been able to do anything creatively in a while. Today was the first time I had an afternoon to myself to get a post done. Normally at this time, I’ve been curling in fetal position drowning in pain. Every time it rains, my head breaks open to allow a monster screwdriver to stab into my brain. That’s how my pain feels like.

I’ve had a chance to work on Dorothy for a bit and I hope to get this piece done before Nanowrimo. I also want to get mini projects done during Nanowrimo for breaks.

So many ideas and so little time! I hope the rain lets up.

— Rosey

Projects, Projects!

October 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Crescent Rolls with Brie filling

Yesterday before I cooked the Thanksgiving dinner yesterday, we went to Len’s Mill Store. I picked up supplies for my friend’s baby mobile which I will post about tomorrow when I start on it. I bought a pretty fat quarters package to use and two wooden embroidery hoops (one 10″ and one 12″).  I have two weeks to get it done. Wish me luck! I’ll start blogging about this tomorrow.

I also bought 3 more additional 12″ hoops for me and one 14″ hoop. I’ve decided to limit the circular projects to five (12″) and one 14.” The rest will be in canvas. To give you a sense of scale, Little Red is a 12″ piece.

This is what I’m hoping to accomplish with the hoops/canvases in late 2011 into 2012:

a)  Dorothy – 12″ (underway)

b)  Snow White – 12″

c)  Sleeping Beauty – 12″

d)  Midsummer Night’s Dream – 12″

e) Snow Queen – 12″

f) Twelve Dancing Princesses – 14″

g) Hansel and Gretel – Wood Canvas

h) Alice’s Tea Party – Wood Canvas

i) The Magical Fish – Wood Canvas

j) Three Ravens – Wood Canvas

I have Hansel and Gretel, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, and the Three Raven’s  concept/composition worked out in my head. It’s all a matter of how much time I will have to get these accomplished. There will be mini projects I want to sell on Etsy in between. I also want to schedule in writing as well as doll-related projects.

I am also hoping to have pieces for sale in my Etsy shop soon. Little Mermaid will be the first for sale. She’ll be a bit pricey since her framing will be included. I also will do smaller projects in between that will just be sold in a hoop. These large projects are meant to be entered into the Fair next year and also help me build enough of a portfolio to get into a gallery or do my own solo exhibition.

— Rosey

The Norfolk County Fair 2011

October 9th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

This is the first year Natalie can go on rides! The weather was just stunning. It was a great day spent with family and yummy fair fare. Here are some sights and sounds of the Norfolk County Fair!

Norfolk County Fair 2011

Natalie and the Chicks

Natalie & I on the Carousel

 

Bubba's Butterfly Chips with Gravy

Deep Fried Butter

It’s also the first year I entered something on the General Competition side of the Fair. I was really surprised to get three 1st places and one 2nd place.

1st Place!

1st Place!

1st Place!

2nd Place!

I’m looking forward to next year! I think there will only be room to enter three pieces with the categories provided. I entered Little Red into the wrong category so it didn’t place. I also entered my fairy tale wreath and it also didn’t place. It was exciting and I’m proud of the wonderful outcome!

— Rosey

Getting Serious About Art

October 3rd, 2011 § 2 comments § permalink

Serious squirrel is serious

I have been embroidering since January and I’ve fallen deep in love with it. I find myself making the best art of my life. I’m also getting ideas of combining illustrative/painting work with embroidery on canvas which I want to do in the near future. I now find myself at a fork in the road. Do I continue to pursue what I’m doing as a hobby and be content with entering the fair every year or do I get serious about it? Is there really a difference?

The former involves just producing work, entering once a year, and being content with just having work hanging in the house.

Getting serious? What? Me? How do I do this? Getting serious as an artist involves revamping this site and equipping it with a gallery, bio, resume, etc. I’ll need to start selling artwork on Etsy. I’ll need to get into galleries to at least build up my resume and get experience.

What is the fundamental difference between the two?

Doing this as a hobby is safer. I work on a relaxed timeline and I just have one event a year. Nothing is graded except at the County Fair.

Doing this seriously is scary. I have to put myself out there. I know I will be rejected and it will take a long time to get my work shown. Everything I will make will be scrutinized. I’ll have to put in more work. The pressure will be there- tons of it.

The only common thread between the two is the fact I have to continuously produce work.

What’s the decision?

I know I’m an artist. I know the work I’m doing now is the best I’ve ever made. I think I am ready to be serious about being an artist and everything it implies. I’ll need to get more works under my belt. I want to be ready to look for galleries by March/April of next year. I hope to have at least three or more awesome pieces under my belt. Ahh….! My long list of to-dos have begun.

— Rosey

 

Insanity vs. Genius

September 30th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Little Red Detail Example

There is quite a fine line between insanity and genius. I stride it on a daily basis. Just because someone can spend their whole life creating sand from rocks, doesn’t mean it should be done. Unless you are happy smashing rocks against other rocks continually and repeatedly ad infinitum?

I thought I was insane when I spent over 1000 seedbeads on the wolf’s teeth in Little Red. Did it pay off? I think it did. It gives the piece more character and depth. I often find myself asking whether I should bead something because I can. It’s all about taste and editing. Does it add more to the piece as a whole? Will it make a difference? The worst possible outcome is you or someone else looking at what you’ve done and saying “That was just totally unnecessary.”

I’m repeating the same procedure in Dorothy/Wizard of Oz. I know the beading adds a level of dimension and texture to the bricks. It’s insane but I do believe it’s worth it to achieve the look I am aiming for.

Dorothy Beading Detail

In the end, the fine line is all about perspective. Do you want to fall into the majority category or minority? With producing work, I tend to lean towards the majority. My britches aren’t big enough to do the minority thing most of the time. I like producing work most people can understand and appreciate.

Now I ask you, how long do you think it will take me to finish the Yellow Brick Road with Elton John’s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road on continuous repeat? 🙂

 

— Rosey

 

Dorothy WIP #2

September 27th, 2011 § 2 comments § permalink

Dorothy WIP #2

All the gang are here! The applique process is done and it’s time for my favourite part- beading and embroidery detailing! I’ve been doing really well progress wise with this piece.  The Cowardly Lion, Tin Man, and Scarecrow are in dancing poses. It’s a play on the words “Ding Dong!” which I will be embroidering/beading somewhere on the piece.

I’m also still writing on the side. I write all day in snippets and I’ve started a plot chart. I’m onto plotting chapter 7. I hope I can post some sample characters or even excerpts in this blog when I finish. I can’t believe the amount of work I’m getting done despite wrestling with migraines on a daily basis and running after a 1.5 year old.

I hope your day is as productive as mine!

— Rosey

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